What does it means to sync file? 

Syncing file is to transfer multiple files or folders to different locations, whatever email, digital photos, MP3, videos etc, and if there are any changes happen, the file sync software will sync changes from source directory to destination directory easily and quickly. The storage can be internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive, share/NAS etc.

To make it, you need to use "Basic Sync (the short of File Synchronization)" feature in one file sync software. The core of it is one-way file sync. That's to say, the changes can only be synchronized from source to destination, not the other way around.

Well then, what is the best free file sync software for Windows? We strongly recommend AOMEI Backupper Standard to you, which is widely used by millions of users. Keep reading below for details.

Best free file sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard

As the best free file sync software in Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista, AOMEI Backupper Standard works well in file sync. The sync process can be completed easily in simple steps. Also, you can enjoy multiple useful features from it.

  • Powerful one-way file sync to help you sync files from one folder to another. Also, it can be used together with other backup settings, such as, "Options" and "Schedule". 

  • 3 free schedule sync options to sync folders regularly, it depends on the settings you create. You can set daily sync, weekly sync and monthly sync followed by a specific time. Meanwhile, all the schedule sync settings supports "Wake the computer to run scheduled task" to wake your computer 2 minutes before the task starts, so you can sync files at any time even without opening this software.

  • Multiple synchronization targets are handy for different users. This software can supports any devices detected by Windows, cloud storage or network location, for example. Therefore, users can use their existing devices to sync files rather than get a new device. 

Example: how to sync files in Windows 10

Here take Windows 10 as an example to show you how to sync files in Windows 10. Please note the following steps can also be applied in Windows 7/8/8.1/11/XP/Vista. Also, if you want to sync files to external hard drive, please connect it in advanced.

Step 1. Please click the download button below to download the best free Windows file sync software AOMEI Backupper Standard, and install it on your computer. Then, launch it and select "Sync" -> "Basic Sync" in order.

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File Sync

There are 3 different sync solutions in the advanced version you may be interested in. Before starting to nex step, you could take a look at them to see if they are more suitable for your needs. If so, you could consider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional at least.
Real-Time Sync: This feature will monitor the files or folders in real-time and sync any detected changes from source to destination immediately, which is very useful when you work in a team or change files frequently.
Mirror Sync: This feature will sync files and its changes to destination, delete the newly added files and overwrite the changes made in the destination. 
Two-Way Sync: This feature will sync files from source to destination, and then detect changes and reflect them in both locations. 

Step 2. First add the folders that you want to synchronize, and then choose the destination path to store files. Click "Options" and "Schedule" to customize the automatic sync task. After adding, you can click "Start Sync".

>> Options: You can enable email notification, make an comment, create a pre/post-command etc.

>> Schedule: You can sync files automatically by choosing one schedule sync setting among daily, weekly, monthly. Also, there are two more useful features that are availble on at least AOMEI Backupper Professional. "Event triggers" is to sync files at a specific event while "USB plug in" to sync files from or to the detected USB of the schedule task automatically.

Start Sync

① Don't modify the source folder name, otherwise the program will not sync files anymore.
② By default, Basic Sync option only sync newly added files and changed files of this task to destination directory. If you want to sync the deleted files automatically, please enable the option "sync deletions in source directory to destination".
③ File or folder can’t be synchronized to CD-ROM/DVD/Blue-Ray.
④ The single file over 4GB can’t be synchronized to FAT/FAT32 partition, because the FAT32/FAT only supports file size up to 4GB.
⑤ For more matters needing attention about File Sync, please visit FAQ about AOMEI File Sync.

How to manage sync task effortlessly

With only two steps, you can finish the Windows file sync. If you want to manage the sync task, you can go to the "Home" tab. Then, you will see all the created tasks listed under the Backup Management. Select the task and click the button with three horizontal lines, then you will see several options for backup management.

  • Sync Now: It can synchronize all files in source folder to target folder at the moment you click the option. Usually, it is used on task that is not applied with schedule. In other word, it is manual sync.

  • Restore: It can restore all the synchronized files in the target folder to the source folder or other folder.

  • Schedule: This is to set a schedule setting for one single sync task. Also, if you want to change the schedule setting of an earlier schedule task, it's ok.

  • Edit Sync: With this option, you can add new folder to a previous created sync task, and change destination, backup options and schedule. 

  • Locate Sync: You can check your files or folders in the target destination. 

  • Shortcuts: It will create an exact copy of this task on desktop and allows you to run it quickly. This is very useful for users who create a mannual sync or change files very frequently.

  • Delete: It will delete the sync task from the home page. 

  • Properties: You can see general information and source of this task. 



That's for file sync. With the best free Windows file sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard, you can sync files in Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista easily and quickly. Its schedule sync option helps you sync files automatically without human intervention, saving you much time and effort. Also, you can enable email notification to get final result for free, comment on the task for clear distinguish, etc. Don't want to lose any of your important data? Please download the software to protect your data.

More so, you can use file backup in this software to protect your data and it will backup your files or folders to an image file. It's safer, because the backed up data can only be seen after restore. In addition, it still supports multiple backups, including system backup, disk backup, partition backup, daily/weekly/monthly schedule backup, incremental or differential backup, create bootable media etc.